The Chicago Cubs lost to the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday, losing their 6th game in a row. After starting the spring with a 5-2 record, the Cubs now sit at 5-8.
Sean Marshall shined again in his 3rd start of the spring. Marshall pitched 4 scoreless innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 3. Marshall has given up only 1 earned run in 9 spring innings thus far, and seems to be getting stronger and stronger each start. If Aaron Heilman wasn’t pitching so well, we’d likely be talking about how Marshall already has the 5th spot in the starting rotation locked up.
Milton Bradley singled and scored a run and played right field – a good sign that he is able to log innings in the field. Aramis Ramirez and Koyie Hill each had 2 hits for the Cubs in the loss.
On the mound, Neal Cotts struck out 3 and gave up 1 hit in a scoreless inning. But Luis Vizcaino (2/3 of an inning – 2 earned runs on 1 hit and 3 walks) and Kevin Hart (1 inning – 4 earned runs on 2 hits and 2 walks) both struggled. Neither outing helps their chances of making the opening day roster.